I walked into this month knowing exactly what I wanted to write. I had a fully completed outline, even a few thousand words in the bag. With that being said, I did reach the NaNoWriMo goal of 50,000 words (Yay!), but I didn’t finish my project. I am a little disappointed, but I can honestly say that I had a lot of fun writing this year. I went out to a few write-ins and met a lot of cool people. It was so nice to talk and joke with other writers and know people who understand the unique challenges NaNo provides. It also created a place where ideas could be thrown around and feedback could be given, because if I’m being honest I need more practice with critiquing. So I left this month feeling really happy, which is fueling my desire to keep writing.
What’s Next: Life after NaNo?
I’ve thought about it a lot and wondered if it were possible for me to just continue writing. (Yes I know that sounds silly, bare with me) I did enjoy and will miss the fun and good spirit of NaNoWriMo, but I want to continue writing outside of that. Participating in NaNo this year has proved to me that I really enjoy writing and I want to do this as a career and not just a hobby. I want to wake up, write, take a break, sleep, and repeat. To me, it’s fun and fulfilling, and in the past, I was okay with writing being number two, but now I want it to be on the same level as my (hopefully) career in wildlife. I can not express how much motivation I’ve gotten from this month, and I really hope it stays.
So it’s December 2nd now, and I’m still writing my NaNoWriMo project, I’m not burned out, and I love this new found productivity. I hope everyone who participated in NaNoWriMo had a great time, regardless if you reached the targeted word count or not because you really are a winner if you tried. And no I’m not just saying that. Writing is a journey that goes beyond 50,000 words and spans way past the thirty days of November. Don’t stop writing, the world needs your stories.